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  March 7, 2014

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Delivery Drivers Sue After Losing Their Jobs Over Texting Dispute

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Five Frito-Lay delivery truck drivers have filed a lawsuit alleging that they were fired after being falsely accused of texting while driving. The lawsuit, which seeks $75,000 in equitable relief and damages, was filed on Tuesday in federal court in Macon, Ga. The lawsuit contends that Frito-Lay fired the drivers based on wrongfully obtained phone records which could not prove that the plaintiffs were texting while driving.
Becky Purser, Macon Telegraph 03/06/2014   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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Two Abducted Women File Lawsuit Against Wal-Mart

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Two women who were abducted from a Wal-Mart and later raped have filed a lawsuit against the giant retailer. The women were taken from the parking lot of a store in Avon, Indiana at gunpoint while loading groceries into their car last month. The man who abducted and assaulted them also raped three others over a two-day period. According to the lawsuit, security cameras at the store captured the man acting suspiciously inside the store and later the actual kidnapping. The lawsuit alleges that the store failed to intervene and call police after their own security cameras captured the abduction.
Kristine Guerra, Indianapolis Star 03/06/2014   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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Man Loses $500K While Drunk, Files Suit Against Casino

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A man from Southern California who lost $500,000 at a casino has filed a lawsuit accusing the casino of "plying him with drinks and lending him money so he could keep playing." The lawsuit contends that the plaintiff was so inebriated that he was unable to read his cards and was dropping his chips while playing. The plaintiff claims he should not be liable for his losses because he was blackout drunk, for which he alleges the casino was partly to blame.
Matt Pearce, LA Times 03/06/2014   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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Jury Awards $2.6M to Former Manager of Car Dealerships

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Andrew Anderson the former manager of two Granbury car dealerships who was fired for allegedly taking kickbacks, won a $2.6 million jury award Tuesday against Weatherford auto dealer Jerry Durant after a grueling eight-week trial over allegations of defamation and breach of contract. The kickback story spread through the region’s car trade, and Anderson could not find a management position in the Dallas-Fort Worth market. The jury awarded Anderson $1.6 million for damage to his reputation, $629,000 in lost earnings and $386,150 for his 10 percent of the Granbury businesses. Jurors threw out a host of counterclaims filed by Durant but did find that Anderson was not entitled to a share of the land where the dealerships sat.
Barry Shlachter, Star Telegram 03/07/2014   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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Texas Giant Maker: Six Flags Declined to Install Seat Belts

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The German manufacturer of the Texas Giant says that Six Flags Over Texas decided not to put seat belts on the roller coaster in 2011, two years before a Dallas woman fell to her death from the ride last summer. Six Flags has alleged that the roller coaster car was defective and dangerous in a suit filed against Gerstlauer last month. But in its legal response, Gerstlauer says that the fatal accident “was avoidable by Six Flags at several levels.”
Sandra Baker, Star Telegram 03/07/2014   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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Lawsuits Revived by Soldiers Over Waste Disposal

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A federal appeals court revived dozens of lawsuits by soldiers and others who claim they were harmed by improper waste disposal while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. The lawsuits claim Houston-based contractors KBR and Halliburton Co. exposed soldiers to toxic emissions and contaminated water when they burned waste in open pits without proper safety controls. A U.S. District Judge dismissed the lawsuits last year, ruling that the contractors could not be sued because they were essentially an extension of the military. But the Richmond-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said in its unanimous decision that the contractors are protected only if they were following explicit instructions from the military. The court said Titus improperly tossed the case without sufficient evidence on that issue.
LARRY O'DELL, Associated Press, ABC News 03/07/2014   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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FracFocus Falls Short, Report to Feds Concludes

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Oil companies are shielding too much information from public view in an industry-backed database for disclosing chemicals used in oil and gas wells, engineers, environmentalists and energy experts told the Obama administration on Thursday. The FracFocus registry also contains errors that undermine its role as the leading mechanism for tracking hydraulic fracturing chemicals used in unconventional oil and gas production, said an Energy Department advisory board.
Jennifer A. Dlouhy , Houston Chronicle 03/07/2014   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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Editorial: Protecting Doctors or Patients?

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This week, we read the harrowing story of neurosurgeon Christopher Duntsch, whose case a Texas Medical Board spokeswoman called one of the state’s most egregious involving a neurosurgeon.We urge Baylor Plano to demonstrate greater transparency and take a more aggressive approach in dealing with problem doctors such as Duntsch. And for the Legislature and governor’s office to look into ways that medical board investigations can be sped up. Taking 11 months to suspend the license of a doctor in an egregious case is way too long.
Editors, The Dallas Morning News 03/07/2014   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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